Restaurant Name: Gong Modern Asian
Address: Shop 22/23, Balewadi High Street, Cummins India Office Campus, Baner- Balewadi Link Road, Baner, Pune
Opening hours: 12:30 PM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight
Contact: 020 30189222
All the MEATS served are HALAL
The latest in fine dining by Specialty Restaurants, GONG Modern Asian at Balewadi High Street, Pune is a high-octane dining destination and trust me when I say that there are not a lot of restaurants like GONG and to be sure of finding another place like this you will have to head to Tokyo where they cluster like so many pigeons around a split sack of seed. The chefs here do their intense, detailed, obsessive-compulsive thing and give us a spectacular display of Japanese and Oriental cuisine served in the international high-energy dining format.
So should you go? Hell yeah! For its novelty, for its eclectic modern Asian menu and for its ambience which is like no other at that side of town!
Talking about interiors I’d love to highlight the tradition. Thousands of years steeped in tradition have influenced Gong’s architecture and design aesthetic, resulting in a serene and a very cultural interior design. The maze at Gong pays homage to its Japanese influence. Figure out the patterns as you indulge in your favorite food and drinks at Gong. Adding a little more to it let me tell you about the base, the music, it’s Dope! Very trippy and is played at friendly decibels.
An amuse bouche of a mint sphere placed atop basil soil followed by a morsel of tofu doused in green curry, that’s how I was welcomed on a bright sunny afternoon and boy what an afternoon to talk about.
Drinks – Non alcoholic versions of typically alcoholic beverages, that’s how I do it. Started off with the “Exotic” at Gong and I fell in love. Refreshing pomegranates drink and had the exquisite flavors of the Thai exotica. #StrikeTheGong
Tried a few more but clicked a lot more, yes! The drinks at Gong Modern Asian are dope and I tried a couple of them which were all very refreshing without being cloyingly sweet.
The Act 1 of my specially curated tasting experience included a caprese burrata salad and avocado tartare. I am not big on salads and definitely not on the ones which have tomatoes as their main components. So with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, Thai basil and balsamic soy this salad was salad sadness! But the creamy Avocado Tartare, served on a bed of crushed ice, spiked with a hint of wasabi for heat, and crunchy from potato sticks was kick ass!
Act 2 – The Asparagus Tempura with avocado and chef’s special sauce was decent but the Ebi tempura roll was something to look out for. You have to try the perfectly textured tempura roll to know why I am craving even now. Also, if I may suggest do try their sushi doughnuts. They are a thing now! There are many different types of sushi out there, from Chirashizushi and Nigirizushi to Oshizushi and Inarizushi. But there’s never been a donut sushi. Not until now that is! The kitchen is a place of Art; the only limit is your imagination! And your appetite, obviously! Take a look at the pictures below to see these delicious works of art for yourself. I didn’t know that the world needed sushi donuts, but now I’ve seen them, I am not quite sure how I’ve lived for so long without them.
Went on to try their crispy prawn cheung fun and I’d highly recommend the same, of course they serve a vegetarian version which is the crispy vegetable cheung fun and is pretty decent but the Edamame and truffle oil dumplings sure need some working on. The dim sum’s pasty texture is not the problem, but the lack of ingredients, read “Beans” is.
The Asian crab ravioli, mock meat char Sui puffs, Sui mai chicken croissant are to be included in the passable brigade, the feedback has been provided to the management and I am sure it will be taken care of, so until next time!
I don’t think there is a food in existence that can make me passionately argue, shake with fear or turn my stomach so much as tofu and I am sure there are people like me who don’t just dislike tofu, they absolutely HATE it and heaven help the person who puts it within ten feet of their plate but the Dynamite Tofu served at Gong that comes with deep fried silken tofu tossed with a creamy sriracha and wasabi sauce has a different story to tell, its mushy, its spongy and it’s tasty. Goodness gracious I can’t believe I developed a liking for the dynamite tofu served at Gong! I am sure you will like it too, do try!
Vietnamese fish (Has to be Basa) Parma Fingers is a DIY dish wherein I made, yes I did, lettuce wraps stuffed with fried fish fingers with parmesan cheese! Just these two! Why? Because that’s how I like it! You can however use a couple of more cheeses, sauces and condiments like kimchi and salads too!
The mushroom cappuccino!
I’d never been more skeptical to try a soup before. The looks, trust me, had me hate it the moment I saw it, yes! It looked that ugly and gross but thanks to my friend on the table who tried it and asked me to have a sip, that’s when I felt looks are truly deceptive, pretty much liked the mushroom cappuccino and I’d recommend it on a cold evening.
By the time we reached act 8 and 9 we were almost filled to our gills but nevertheless we gave it a shot and the one thing which left me in awe was the lamb shank with peanut curry. I am highly impressed as I have been a fan of the shank ever since my parents fed me lamb shanks (That’s when I was 4) till date. Exactly how I like it.
The Chicken Pixian with cashew nuts, chili crisps and chinkiang vinegar was a tad salty and I am sure that was a one off because the next when I tried it, was perfectly balanced. Talking about the Tofu and Zucchini lasagna, well I enjoyed clicking this one, but not savoring it.
The Smoked duck and asparagus fried rice tasted well, just like the burnt garlic fried rice but the buck wheat noodles tossed with assorted vegetables and soy called the soba yaki noodles didn’t do much for me. I am saving it for my next visit, will definitely update you!
Desserts? Well of course!
I tried just one – but the best. The Chocolate Dome!
The melting chocolate dome dessert which is gripping the internet and rightly so, Here’s a video! Enjoy!
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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